Bulldogs Beat Broncos, 84-69
Feb 7, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Dan Dickau wasn't interested in personal battles or even revenge.
The senior guard simply led No. 9 Gonzaga to an 84-69 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday night.
Dickau scored 22 points, including two key 3-pointers down the stretch, as the Bulldogs (21-3, 8-1 West Coast Conference) won for their sixth straight and 18th of 19. He helped offset a superlative 30-point effort from Santa Clara guard Kyle Bailey as the Bulldogs avenged an 84-71 loss at Santa Clara last season.
That loss snapped Gonzaga's 14-game winning streak, at the time the best in the nation.
"We knew not to get up in the revenge factor," Dickau said. "But that loss did sting a lot last year. I remember walking out of this gym very disappointed."
Bailey, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Fairbanks, Alaska, scored 22 of his career-high total in the second half, including four 3-pointers, the last over Dickau that just beat the shot clock and made it 69-62 with 5:40 left.
"He is extremely tough because he can create his own shot," Dickau said of Bailey. "He was really tough but I couldn't get caught up in a personal battle. I just needed to focus on getting the win and staying close with Pepperdine."
Dickau, averaging a team-high 20.5 points per game coming in, calmly responded to Bailey's last 3-pointer with 3s on Gonzaga's next two possessions. It started a 10-0 run to put the game away.
"That's why he's an All-American (candidate)," Bailey said. "I really
looked forward to going up against him and a ranked team like Gonzaga. It's one
of the last times I'll get to face him at this level."
Gonzaga shot better than 50 percent (32-of-56, 57 percent) for the ninth time in 11 games, as Gourde was 8-for-11 and Violette was 5-for-6.
"We were just too soft the first half," Gourde said. "We let them push us around too much. We did the things we like to do the second half."
They increased the lead to 45-31 by halftime as Dickau scored 11 of Gonzaga's final 16 points of the half.
Santa Clara's leading scorer Steve Ross, who averages 16.3 points, had eight on 2-of-9 shooting.
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